Written Ministerial Statements

Thursday, 25 April 2013

  • House of Lords

    • Royal Mail

      My right honourable friend the Minister of State for Business and Enterprise (Michael Fallon) has today made the following Statement. At the beginning of this new financial year, I would like to...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Royal Mail

      At the beginning of this new financial year, I would like to report to Parliament on progress made in relation to Royal Mail since the Postal Services Act 2011. Royal Mail is an essential part of...

  • Treasury

    • Payment and Settlement Systems

      HM Treasury has today published a consultation document setting out its plans to change the way that systemically important payment and settlement systems are dealt with in the event of...

    • Loans to Ireland

      HM Treasury has today provided a further report to Parliament in relation to Irish loans as required under the Loans to Ireland Act 2010. The report relates to the period from 1 October 2012 to...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Local Audit

      I am today laying before Parliament the “Government’s response to the pre-legislative scrutiny report by the Draft Local Audit Bill Committee” (Cm 8566). The Draft Local Audit...

  • Defence

    • Defence Materiel Strategy

      For decades, there has been an acknowledgement that defence acquisition in this country can, and should, be done better. Despite almost countless reviews and reorganisations, successive...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • General Affairs/Foreign Affairs/Defence Foreign Affairs Councils

      My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs attended the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) and I attended the General Affairs Council (GAC) in Luxembourg on 22...

    • Public Records Update

      On 5 May 2011, my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary informed Parliament of his intention to release to the public every paper from a large collection of colonial administration files,...

  • Home Department

    • Police Pay Review Body

      On 24 October 2012, Official Report, column 56WS, I issued a written statement to the House launching a public consultation seeking views on how to implement Tom Winsor’s recommendations...

    • Passports

      The British passport is a secure document issued in accordance with international standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation. The British passport achieves a very high...

      EU Treaties (Justice and Home Affairs)

      The Home Office and the Ministry of Justice have prepared the third annual report to Parliament on the application of protocols 19 and 21 to the treaty on European Union (TEU) and the treaty on...

  • Justice

    • Language Services Framework Agreement

      Today the Government responded to the Justice Committee report “Interpreting and translation services and the Applied Language Solutions contract”. This sets out some of the work...

    • Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 2010

      In my written ministerial statement of 18 December 2012, Official Report, column 96WS about the Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 2010 (“the 2010 Act”) I undertook to make...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Independent Monitoring Commission

      I have today published and laid before Parliament my seventh and eighth annual report(s) on the operation of the agreement between the British and Irish Governments which established the...

  • Transport

    • High Speed Rail

      I am today publishing supplementary information regarding the consultation on an exceptional hardship scheme for phase two of high speed two. I am also extending the exceptional hardship scheme...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Health and Safety Executive

      In April 2011, the Cabinet Office announced that all non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) would undergo a substantive review at least once every three years. I have today launched a review of...

    • Private Pensions

      As part of the Government’s red tape challenge programme, the Department has undertaken a detailed examination of the regulatory framework for private pensions. This has been supported by...

      Work-Focused Health-Related Assessment

      The work-focused health-related assessment (WFHRA) was introduced in October 2008, as part of the employment and support allowance process, to allow claimants to explore with an independent...

What is this?

Written Ministerial Statements were introducted in late 2002 to stop the practice of having “planted” or “inspired” questions designed to elicit Government statements.

They are just that – statements on a particular topic by a Government Minister.

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